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Godley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Godley in Cheshire or Goodleigh in Devon, both named from the Old English byname Goda meaning ‘good’ + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bodley, Gidley, Ridley, Dudley, Coley, Comley, Woodley, Boxley, Onley

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Where is the Godley family from?

You can see how Godley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Godley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Godley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Godley families living in North Carolina. This was about 22% of all the recorded Godley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Godley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Godley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Godley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Godley. 20% of Godley men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Godley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Godley were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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What Godley family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Godley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Godley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Godley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Godley. For the veterans among your Godley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Godley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Godley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Godley in 1945 was 57, and 73 in 2004.

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